The Moussey Memorial & Cross of Lorraine Seat.

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other sculpture
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: The Moussey Memorial and the Cross of Lorraine Seat The Cross of Lorraine seat has been constructed by Mike Colton to honour the brave citizens of Moussey and the Rabodeau Valley who resisted the enemy and suffered terribly as a result before liberation in 1944. It is set in a circle of pine trees kindly donated by the villagers and taken from a Forest Guards cottage high in the mountains. The broom bushes were grown from seeds collected from the last meeting place of the SAS patrols in the mountains under the command of Brian Franks CO 2 SAS before they headed back to Allied Lines. This memorial is linked to the Phantom Memorial Garden close to the new Aspects building in the NMA. Rosemary from the original Phantom Memorial Garden
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On the 5th June 1941 the Cross of Lorraine was officially prescribed as the emblem of the French Resistance. This seat is pointed towards Moussey in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France at an angle of 130 degrees, however it is 587 miles away by road. The seat is simply made of sawn timber to represent the main work in the forests above the "Little Mountain Village". It has been constructed in honour of the brave villagers of Moussey in the Vosges who refused to betray the SAS patrols in the mountains above the village and as a result suffered horribly before liberation in 1944.

The Village of Moussey in the Vosges Mountains of Eastern France.

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